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This wide-ranging and accessible contribution to the study of risk, ecology and environment helps us to understand the politics of ecology and the place of social theory in making sense of environmental issues. The book provides insights into the complex dynamics of change in `risk societies'.

Introduction: Ecology, Realism and the Social Sciences
Introduction: Ecology, realism and the social sciences
BronislawSzerszynski, ScottLash and BrianWynne

Journalists and other commentators on environmental matters never cease, it seems, to bemoan our ignorance of the needs of nature. This is indeed ironic because the last decade or so has, much to the contrary, witnessed an unprecedented outbreak of environmental discourse. We hear of benign – and not-so-benign – ecological neglect, but never before has the environment been the object of so much knowledge. We hear of silent watching while seals fade into extinction and rainforests are despoliated, yet never has there been such a cacophony of voices taking ecology as their thematic – a cacophony led by a multitude of disparate expert voices.

This book thus begins not ...

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